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A lady that was so fair and bright
A macaronic song in honour of the Virgin Mary — seven quatrains
Note: For a thirteenth-century version see 4198.
Subjects: Virgin Mary, songs in honour of
Versification: — four-line — abab
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1393 (SC 7589), f. 69v
First Lines:
A lady þat was so feyre & briȝt
velut maris stella
Browȝt forth ihesu full of miȝt…
Last Lines:
…Grawnt vs all paradise
virgo gloriosa
Facsimiles:
Stainer, Sir John, John Stainer, C. Stainer, and Edward Williams Byron Nicholson. Early Bodleian music; sacred & secular songs, together with other MS. compositions in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ranging from about A.D. 1185 to about A.D. 1505. London, 1901; repr. Farnborough, Hants, England: Gregg, 1967: no. xxviii.
Editions:
Stainer, Sir John, John Stainer, C. Stainer, and Edward Williams Byron Nicholson. Early Bodleian music; sacred & secular songs, together with other MS. compositions in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ranging from about A.D. 1185 to about A.D. 1505. London, 1901; repr. Farnborough, Hants, England: Gregg, 1967: 2.65.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 141; 1977, 125-6.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 34-5.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 42-3.
Reichl, Karl, ed. Religiöse Dichtung im Englischen Hochmittelalter: Untersuchen und Edition der Handschrift B. 14.39 des Trinity College in Cambridge. Münchener Universitäts Schriften, Text und Untersuchungen zur Englische Philologie 1 Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 1973: 293-5 (crit. ed.).